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  1. a1s2

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    I think you might had missunderstood me, I meant at the orchestra at the beginning not while playing. It does happen a bit while playing but in a much smaller scale, its just to spice up playing. Check this video out, ii might help you: http://violinmasterclass.com/intonation_qt...sctn=Definition
  2. Yes but its more like " Stiff wrist staccato". Its a very very fast staccato with a fair amount of control but its important not to over do it if you can only do staccato that way. (health reasons) Ive never been able to it that way but ive seen some players that get some of the most amazing staccatos that way. Leopold Auer himself mentions this staccato was the one he used and taught. He also says that Wienawski used it and he was the most brillant exponent of staccato, About Sphor, he also mentions they taught staccato with aid of the wrist, and that he must had had an admirable staccato. I hope I can help with some of the confution. 1, We dont refer to non-acustic or electric violins as "solid body" like they do on the guitar, just to clear confusions. 2, Its common for the Tchaikovsky to break some hairs, the concerto is insane. Besides, Perlman is very active violinist and we do not know if hes bow hair already had extensive use. 3, It goes to personale preference. You have to press them harder but you can always lower the height, new violins dont always have a good setup too and yes, you press them all they way down, its important to get or you will have problems playing piano or softer. About the fingerboard, I dont know what to say. It shouldnt bend (ebony doesnt even bend? ) so I dont know. Maybe its not properly glued? 4, Thanks for the recommendation, yes Yehudi Menuhin is amazing. I found this copyright-less recording wich you might like too: http://www.archive.org/details/PaganiniViolinConcerto Its the Paganini concerto No.1 with Paris Symphony orchestra on 1934 and really really like that recording, plus its free.
  3. a1s2

    Online tuners

    Not all of them tune the same. Usually they go between A 440 and 443, or up to 445 in extreme cases.
  4. I vote for the luthier , just look for a reputable luthier near you (there might be much more near you than you actually think) and tell him your thoughts. Who knows, it might just need the sound post adjustment everyone recommended, then you would probably walk out of there in 10 mins. Oh and by the way, I commented the bridge change becouse it can help making your violin mellower (I mean just a bit thicker, nothing exagerrated). Good luck!
  5. Luthiers sometimes put that on the bridge to protect it from the E string, dont worry about it.
  6. Maybe try to practice on a different room? I dont like the gut strings idea, you would get a lot of trouble tunning it. Besides, are domminants really that louder? How about fitting a new bridge? a thicker one. (keep the old one thought) Maybe some of the luthiers can give you better advices. Congrats on learning by the way! Its fun and its worth all the trouble!
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    I think you can learn how to play, but you must know that they will sure be some sacrifices. For example: Theres no warranty you wont get a bad habit, some problems are dificult to spot without help. Playing with your teacher usually can helps a lot with intonation. You will have a harder time progressing and more time-consuming. Now some advices : Try to follow a method. If you happen to use Suzuki, id suggest you also use a complementary method, one with more excercises and scales. Since you already play an instrument, you might progress a lot faster than you think, but dont neglect the basic studys or take any leaps or shortcuts. Watch your bow distribution when playing, this can be easily ignored if you study by yourself. I studied for sometime without help and, to me, a teacher can really speed up stuff. Now I feel very confident and I like the way I play, and I dont really know if I could have done it without a teacher. Oh and also, id stay away from Expert Village. The blog seems ok, but why not go straight to professorv's youtube channel? http://www.youtube.com/user/professorV Also check http://violinmasterclass.com/mc_menu.php
  8. And here is Auer's book http://www.archive.org/stream/violinplayin...age/n0/mode/1up It is supposed to be copyright free. I also would add this to Friedman's opinion, this are L. Auer's words: "But what I have meant to suggest here is that the great artists are exceptional. Each has his peculiarities, and one must not and should not try to imitate any one of them blindly. Rather you must try to catch the reflection of his genius and, utilizing whatever light it may shed, readapt it to your own individual needs. It is often the case, in fact, that when a great artist stresses some small defect or peculiarity in his playing, any number of young students will first of all seize upon the unessential personal quirk and believe that in so doing they have grasper the very essence of the artist's genius. It is much esier, of course, to imitatte this trifling defent than the more substantial qualities wich, at bottom, make up the artist's true individuality." Thanks for the article Nonado, I really enjoyed reading it.
  9. I think Fischer's book is more helpfull for teachers than for students. Its good book, but sometimes he over-explains things. (If you have to think too much about it its not gonna work) .Just imagine someone completly clueless trying to understand what Fischer says, especially when he can barely control what hes hands are doing. Now, imagine a teacher who finds something wrong with the student's technique, and uses the book to understand and correct the problem. I think thats how Fischer intended the use of hes book anyways. One last thing, I think the problem is that a lot of people are just looking to be taught "the perfect tecnique" trying to understand everything about playing, and most of the times you just have to stop thnking and do it.
  10. I read Leopold Auer's book not too long ago and I remember he suggests an interesting excesice to strenght the fingers and give shape to the hand. I dont really remember hes exact words but I'll try to explain: Put all fingers in first position, first finger on F natural on the E string, second finger on C natural on A string, third finger on G natural on the D string and the fourth finger on A on the G String. After you got them all in position, you firmly tap a few times each finger without moving the others. Auer also suggests to follow an order, i think it was second finger first, then fourth, then first and then third. (Im not sure thought). Hope it helps, I think its a good exercise.
  11. Who isnt these days? About the violin, I also think that it sounds fantastic. Congratulations Christian Bayon.
  12. I think it is pretty much like languages. For example: When you learn a language at an early age, you usually learn it better than if you learn a language later in life. (Even if you can speak and understand the language properly, it just doesnt feel as natural) I think as a string instrument student you have to develop something similar to absolute pitch but not as developed. (you need to tell if a note sounds off pitch or not as quickly as possible) One of my friends has perfect pitch and I asked him about it a few times. Let me explain, when you have perfect pitch, you are able to tell the note and if it sounds a bit off. The important thing is to remember that even if it an uncommon and amazing skill, it is still a human skill and it cant be as precise as a computer or tunner. Lets imagine you ask a violinist with perfect pitch to tune to A 440 several instruments. He would bring the violin's strings pitch up until hes ear tells him it sounds like an A. (the right A, not lower or higher) If you take a tuner and check the tunning of instruments, you would probably find certain variables or ranges of mistake. (I think it would be something like 437 to 443). So in short words, a very short range close to A440 would sound ok to the musician; if you go higher or lower, they would sound odd.
  13. To Derest Rat, I find the comment a bit strange, the caprices have been popularized on several instruments and your comment does not really reflect the truth. I have many friends who dont like all the virtousic passages of violin playing and only enjoy simple melodies (I totally understand that) but you have to realize that even if theyr most apealing to violinists, there are several musicians (even "legendary" ones) who have enjoyed paganini's music (especially the caprices). The most famous are perhaps on the piano (Rachmaninoff and Liszt), but there are several transcriptions for numerous instruments like flute, viola, cello, guitar, double bass. mandolin and trumpet. I hope you give another chance to paganini's music. Try to find interpretations by musicians who focus a bit more on the musical side or even softer sounding instrument like viola, cello, flute or even trumpet. If after that you still dont like it then thats ok, not everyone does.
  14. Ouch, isnt that spider a black widow? I think those are the jumpy type too, that means double the danger.
  15. I visit the youtube channel from time to time and I usuallly enjoy the samples. It is a popular channel afterall, and that can explain or contribute to the high bidding. About all the credibility thing, I dont really want to comment and get into a fight or something. I'll just call myself neutral.
  16. http://violinmasterclass.com/intonation_qt...sctn=Definition there is some videos with explanations about the whole problem there. I found them very helpfull.
  17. Well I have to warn you I dont really have any experience with finishes or luthierie, but I think it looks a bit like polyurethene. Well, im just assuming that who ever the owner was, bought a can of polyurethene finish and sprayed it all over. Maybe some air was trapped and made those light areas too. In other words, polyurethene is cheap, easy to dry, easy to apply and easy to find. I think thats why its possible, assuming it was done by an amateur.
  18. Hi fellow, its not exactly south american buts its a beautiful song by the composer Narciso Serradell. The words were written as a poem by Niceto de Zamacois. According to theyr biography, both were mexican, howerever, Niceto was borned on Spain and Narciso was exiled from Mexico (he returned later on hes life) Ill translate one of the lyrics I found on internet: (its not exactly the words that Krauz sings but it should give you an idea, there is just too many modifications of the orignal lyrics out there) Where will it go, fast and fatigued the swallow, that goes from here or if in the wind finds itself lost seeking shelter and will not find it. Next to my bed I'll put your nest where it can pass the season for I am lost in the region too Oh saint heaven! and unable to fly. I left also my idolized homeland that house that saw my birth my life is today of the anxius and the wanderer and I can not go back. Dear bird, beloved pilgrim my heart close to yours remeber, tender swallow my homeland and ill cry. Thats all, this song is often used as a way of saying goodbye to someone.
  19. Rucci is amazing but I dont think its such a surprise he was so young (child prodigys usually are). I dont think it really matters who started younger as a child prodigy either, theyr all are/were great masters. Now that if you want someone really out of this world, you always have Mozart
  20. I really hope that doesnt happen. I think anyone who is related to string instruments has some good memories from a luthier's shop. I remember the first time I went for a repair, seeing the wood, the tools, the unfinished violins hanging... it just makes it special. I have not bought a concert quality violin yet, but when I do. I dont want to buy it the same way I buy strings.
  21. I think it depends pretty much where you live. A chinese worker wins a lot less, but everythings cheaper there too. (theyr income is still less thought). After all, its hard to tell what a dollar or a yuan is really worth. I also play on a very nice chinese violin. Ive had it for some time and I dont have plans of upgrading, atleast until I finish my studies.
  22. Beware of some teachers too, but thats another topic
  23. Thanks Mark, it was very usefull information.
  24. We dont know what type of cancer it was. Maybe if it was skin cancer we can speculate that it was related to the violin, but i really doubt so. I mean, with so many things out there that can cause cancer this days, the violin would be at the end of the list I think.
  25. Thanks for the answers, ill experiment a bit with them Anders, It sounded similar to a wolf note but not exactly the same effects, so i think it was the doppler effect. For instance, it was mainly on the e string and the first notes, it minimized as i went higher and on other strings (All the violin sounded a bit weird thought). I could also bow well, the bridge wasnt jumping or anything like that. Maybe i should had experimented more, but i did very little playing on that room. The sound was simply disapointing.